Nursing Home Resident Dies Two Days After A Vehicle Drove into Her Bedroom

A 101-year-old nursing home resident hurt after a car smashed into her room Sunday night has died less than two days after the incident. The woman died Tuesday at the nursing home where the incident occurred, the Sheriff said.  An autopsy was performed to see whether the accident caused or contributed to the woman’s death. The results of that autopsy are have not yet been revealed.

The accident occurred when an 18 year-old girl and two male friends were at the nursing home Sunday night waiting for another friend to get off work. The female was inside her vehicle when she decided to pull a prank on her two friends, who were sitting on the trunk of the vehicle. According to police, the girl intended to rev the car’s engine and startle her friends, but accidentally put the car in reverse instead of neutral. When she pushed the gas to rev the engine she instead sent the car accelerating through the brick wall of the building.

The car broke through the building in a resident's room, pinning the resident’s leg between her bed and the wall, according to the sheriff’s department. The resident was taken to the hospital and was later released, returning to the nursing home. The nursing home administrator had said earlier that she suffered minor cuts and bruises. The room however, was destroyed, she said. The administrator did not offer any follow up on the details of the woman’s injuries when contacted today and asked about the resident’s death. For more, read the story.


Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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